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The Graveyard Book | [Neil Gaiman]

The Graveyard Book

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.
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Publisher's Summary

Here's a fantastic ghost adventure story, laced with menace and humour.

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard?

Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

©2008 Neil Gaiman; (P)2008 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

What the Critics Say

"Thrilling, elegant and joyously macabre. You will love it to death." (Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles)

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    Mr. P Shaw London, UK 25/11/2008
    Mr. P Shaw London, UK 25/11/2008 Member Since 2009

    jon

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    "I loved this"

    Not written a review of any other audiobooks on here but this was a great adults fairytale and read in a lovely way just like someone reading you a bed time story. I am new to Neil Gaiman and am already a huge fan. I would listen to this one again and again.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Joan WatfordUnited Kingdom 05/12/2008
    Joan WatfordUnited Kingdom 05/12/2008
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    "Fantastic!"

    Full of thrills, humour, mystery, and pathos, this is a wonderfully imaginative tale for everyone from 10 - 100. The author is an excellent reader (is there no end to his talents?)and there is appropriate music between chapters. All in all, a delight from start to finish and a perfect Christmas treat.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Coyne 01/12/2008
    Justin Coyne 01/12/2008 Member Since 2008

    Fav authors Patrick Rothfuss, David Gemmell, Simon Kernick and Joe Abercrombie. Fav readers Paul Thornley, Steven Pacey and Sean Barrett.

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    "Excellent"

    I wasn't 100% sure that this book would appeal to me, but I'm glad I bought it. Excellent story and the reading by Neil Gaiman was also excellent and added to the story. One of the best books I read/listened to this year!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    nicole 24/12/2013
    nicole 24/12/2013

    "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges

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    "Another 5 star book by Gaimen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Graveyard Book the most enjoyable?

    Gaiman's quirky imagination, evocative writing and great narration made this a brilliant listen. His characters are engaging and the music score really pulls the whole thing together. I loved how each chapter was a separate story following Bod from a young boy to a teenager.


    What other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to, and why?

    This is more reminiscent of Gaiman's Good Omens (which he co-wrote with the amazing Terry Pratchett) or The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. It is a children's book but I personally prefer his books for younger readers as they can equally be enjoyed by adults but have less darkness and more humor than more well known books like Neverwhere.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Gaiman is a really good narrator. He was shortlisted for Audible's narrator of the year in 2013 and this book will show you why. His understanding of the story and ability to give voice to his characters, brings the whole thing to life exactly as the author intend. Combined with the music score, Gaiman's narration really creates an atmospheric performance.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are both funny and sad scenes in this book but despite some very bad things happening to the hero there is a lot more cheer and optimism than sadness in it, which is how I prefer a book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books I just couldn't stop listening too, it's beautifully narrated and imagined and I will defiantly be listening to it again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom 06/07/2010
    Julie Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom 06/07/2010 Member Since 2011
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    "Great adult/young adult book"

    Loved the story, quite dark for a childrens book. My critism is I don't like music on the audio books. Sometimes the narrators voice grated on me. But glad I bought this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul WarringtonUnited Kingdom 15/06/2009
    Paul WarringtonUnited Kingdom 15/06/2009 Member Since 2008
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    "almost but not quite"

    A great story, with only one or two dissapointing bits you find in all books - but for the story itself its 5/5 - what lets this audio book down the most is the music thats overlayed onto the start of each new secion which drowns out the narator to a degree distracting your mind from the tale and onto the tune which plays for aft far to long into each section.

    Also sad to say that I would have much preffered a proffesional voice artist to the author narrating his own book - I'm sure theres a certain charm to this and that he, above anybody else really has a feel for the characters, who they are and what they sound like... its just that the way its read at times is like a story being read to a small child by an adult who isnt quite used to reading stories yet and hasnt quite worked out which bits to emphasise, and other tricks of the trade.

    Good book - but the music and naration slightly lets it down.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Seigneux, Switzerland 22/06/2013
    Sharon Seigneux, Switzerland 22/06/2013 Member Since 2014

    Yankee city-girl living in rural Switzerland

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    "Most entertaining audiobook I've bought so far!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Graveyard Book the most enjoyable?

    In addition to writing a unique and interesting story, Neil Gaiman does a fantastic job narrating his book. His various voices and accents bring all his characters alive (even the ghosts!), and his detailed descriptions paint vivid pictures in the mind's eye. This book crosses over genre categories and would appeal to audiences of all ages.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Neil Gaiman's narration is awesome.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favourite?

    Bod (the protagonist) was my favorite; he is sensitive, tries to be helpful, and especially tries to understand the ways of life (and death) around him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked all of the heart-to-heart conversations in the book between Bod and Cyrus.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Neil Gaiman's book "Stardust" were available to buy through Audible. Why isn't it? It has already been recorded by the author. I would snap it up immediately!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Austin Hants, UK 20/07/2011
    A. Austin Hants, UK 20/07/2011 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is a wonderful story, and very well narrated by Neil Gaiman himself. It seems advantageous that the author is reading it, as he knows exactly how all the characters and names ought to sound, and he understands his own phrasings. Bod's adventures while growing up in a graveyard are both imaginative and exciting. I would thoroughly recommend this audiobook

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James ottery st mary, devon, United Kingdom 17/08/2010
    James ottery st mary, devon, United Kingdom 17/08/2010
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    "Magical"

    Don't be put off by the 'young adult' tag; it's a very long time since anyone called me that but I loved this book. It has a magical atmosphere, combining the fantastical with a lovingly authentic evocation of an ordinary English town, cold chips, buses, rain and all. Crucially, for an audio book, the narrator (Neil Gaiman himself)is a wonderful reader. He also sounds uncannily like Alan Rickman, which is high praise indeed. Strongly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cornish Jan 24/07/2009
    Cornish Jan 24/07/2009

    cornishjan

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    "Wonderful imagination,"

    This is marketed as a Young Adult book but it is also a wonderful adult fantasy that had me lying awake hours past my usual sleep time to hear the ending. It is read by Gaiman himself, really well,and it means that you know that the interpretation of the characters is correct (something you cannot always be sure of). A terrific listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Tracey
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    14/05/12
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    "A cute, lighthearted story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I enjoyed the story. It was a new spin on the supernatural genre and was subtle in its approach.


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  • Erica
    Perth, Australia
    27/04/12
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    "Awesome story! Unusual and very quirky!"
    What did you love best about The Graveyard Book?

    It's quirkyness and humour.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me enthralled, waiting to find out what will happen next.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    How to choose??? All the characters were well done. Maybe the guardian.


    Any additional comments?

    I just loved this book and will be looking for more by this author. Excellently read too - very entertaining.

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  • Amaya
    24/04/12
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the kind of book you don't want to finish. Endearing yet sharp characters, great moments, and the delicious feeling of getting mixed up in a whole new setting, as the dead become allies and friends. Wonderful book. Very well read, too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Brother
    ELTHAM, Australia
    21/04/12
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    "Well told - great story"
    If you could sum up The Graveyard Book in three words, what would they be?

    Fun Gaiman mythology


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have heard the author read some of this live and this reading was wonderful. Gaiman's characters have insight and a humanity that is easy to identify with - regardless of the strange situations in which they find themselves...


    What three words best describe Neil Gaiman’s voice?

    Gentle Inviting Warm


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adele
    Paremata, Wellington, New Zealand
    26/03/12
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    "Original, witty, clever, charming - loved it!"

    I thought my son might like this. I had a sneaky listen to check it out and couldn't stop listening! While there are some traditional themes (no spoilers, but think graveyard), they are handled in a light, original and very sympathetic way. Very well produced. Well written, witty, perfectly narrated, great music and a raft of rich characters that are easy to relate to - this quirky story has something for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Niraj
    MUMBAI, India
    12/03/12
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    "great concept great presentation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    not read the print version but, a professional reader gets the essence of the sentence in his or her tone before the sentence is over , it also lets me get away in my mind as in when i was young my mommy read me stores and it was enjoyebel


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Graveyard Book?

    not any one to note over all


    Any additional comments?

    the writer has put down an in-depth view of a boy growing up and his experience of that growing up mixed with likable monsters. just enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eric
    Maine, USA
    08/02/12
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    "Wonderful for both young and old listeners!"

    Neil Gaiman has just become the benchmark by which all my other narrators will be judged by. The narration in this book is brilliant, the tempo, the rhythm, the timbre, everything about his reading ebbed and flowed with the book. I've never heard a book read with such mastery.

    The storyline was excellent, even though it was probably pitched more towards the younger readers, I fully enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to my kids listening to it as well. So many books I've enjoyed have been rather age-specific, but this one has appeal over a large range of ages. My 7 year-old will enjoy this book just as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deana
    Aratula, Australia
    04/02/12
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    "More than It Seems"
    If you could sum up The Graveyard Book in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, well written and fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Graveyard Book?

    Lots of it but the most memorable was the ending, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings great emotion to the charactors.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes kept sitting in the car in the garage so I could listen to the end of a chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Would highly recommend. Will go looking for this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pavel
    Czech Republic
    22/01/12
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    "Strange, but sometimes funny"

    A mix of fantasy, black humor, you need to get use to it, but it gets somehow funny. Overall story is week however, I wish it was more advanced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Ferntree Gully, Australia
    17/01/12
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    "Hearing a story as it was meant to be heard."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version, but now I wish I had the capacity to hear more of Gaiman's books read by him. There was so much to this that was just.. brilliant.


    What other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to and why?

    What book of Gaiman's is like anything else?


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    All of them? Is that an answer?
    I mean that seriously, because he brought all of them to life. Even to one of their voices changing accent slightly when the story called for it. But slightly, easy to miss, and yet it was countless little touches like this that made it so bloody brilliant. Every voice just /was/ that character. Beyond simply being associated, the tone, the pacing, the essence of it matched the essence of the character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, yes there was. Several in fact through it. I had goosebumps in parts, and wet eyes in others.


    Any additional comments?

    Please listen to this book. It is masterfully written, and told even better. It got me into audiobooks in a big way because I knew what was possible in the form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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